Saturday, 31 March 2007

Dutch invasion!

Friday evening and first time visitor, Z284 is in for main engine trouble. What was going to be a 5 minute job has now turned out to be a major job with new cylinder heads being required. Saturday morning and Mevagissey netter, Britannia V lands direct.
Early Saturday evening - Z525 Sylvia Mary steams for the gaps before the weather sets in - the first of three Dutch beamers for first time visits to Newlyn. The boats are on their way 'round the corner' to the box off Lundy for the opening day of this years sole season which starts April 1st - no joke!
On the bow rope at the ready.
Photographer and stalwart W Stevenson stores & loft manager John lines up a shot.
Fenders are dropped down before mooring alongside.

Harbour master Andrew Munson greets a Dutch skipper.
A cautious Sylvia Mary skipper comes astern.
Many Dutch fishermen still wear clogs to sea.
John and Andrew Munson discuss the orign of a beamer photograph brought in by the skipper of the Spes Nova - general consensus was that the boat in question was the S.D.J. PZ47. Turns out the boat was previously owned by the father of the Spes Nova's skipper! The SDJ was named using the initials of the owners, major shareholders in order - work it out!
Last gasp!
All hands at the ready with the mooring ropes.O187 Grietje Hendrik from Ostende is last of the three in through the gaps.

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Cornish fishermen land top Seafood Awards

Cornish fishermen land top Awards Cornwall’s Fishing Industry is celebrating after scooping two awards at the recent Seafood Awards held in London’s Mariott Hotel last week (22nd March). Skipper Stefan Glinski was first up to collect the ‘Catching for the Market’ award for his innovative approach to the Cornish Sardine fishery involving his Newlyn-based vessel ‘Pride of Cornwall’, and processing facility, Fresh-n-Freeze Ltd. However, the Cornish celebrations were not to end there as a group of Cornish fishermen representing the SW Handline Fishermen’s Assoc. and Seafood Cornwall then collected the hotly contested ‘Sustainable Futures’ Award for the line caught Bass and Pollack tagging scheme. “It was great to see some of Cornwall’s proactive and positive fishermen being recognised for the hard work they have been putting into developing both the Cornish Sardine fishery and the Bass tagging scheme” said Paul Trebilcock, Chief Executive of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation. Pic attached shows L-R Fred McAuley (comedian and host), Quentin Knights (Newlyn skipper), Nathan de Rozarieux (Seafood Cornwall), Andrew Pascoe (Newlyn skipper and vice-chair SWHFA), David Muirhead (Secretary of SWHFA) and Andrew Dewar-Durie, (Chairman of Seafish).
For more information, to arrange interviews or to obtain pictures, please contact William Ancell, Communications Executive, Seafish on 0131 524 8667 or

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Busy night for W Stevenson.

The family firm's ubiquitous green box on the quayside.
Jannie En Klaas goes through the gear....

The worn shackles are cut out with a torch.A hangover from Nelson's day - hammocks still have their place at sea it seems!A refurbished block waits to be fitted on the Sara Cathryn.Close-up shots of the Pen Glas.Salcombe registered, Pen Glas at the end of a day's crabbing sits alongsid the Cornishman.Pride of Cornwall heads out to a flat calm bay and another shot at the Cornish Sardine shoals.